Importance Of Personal Development – A Lifelong Journey Developing Skills And Setting Goals To Reach Your Full Potential
In this article home business lifestyle coach Mark Ford shares the importance of personal development and encourages personal empowerment so that you can plan positive and effective life choices.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been sharing a lot of information with you regarding personal development and self growth. Today I want to highlight the importance of personal development and we will be looking at a very specific subject of personal needs and exploring a very prominent process that leads to self-actualisation.
Then I will go through with you how to effectively mange your personal development through some simple steps that complement each other.
Importance of Personal Development – What Is Personal Development?
If you haven’t had the chance to read my other articles on personal development I think I should briefly go over what in fact personal development is and covers. As mentioned in the title of this article personal development starts when you are brought into the world and ends when your time is up, and you depart. In other words, it is a lifelong process of learning and experiencing things both good and bad.
Over the period of your life you will have the opportunity to asses the skills sets you have along with your own personal qualities. Also you will have dreams, aspirations which you can set goals to aim for to help you realise your full potential and ultimate fulfilment.
Over the next few minutes you will learn some incredibly valuable lessons on how to pinpoint and identify individual skill sets that you will need to help you set those life goals to help you in several aspects throughout your life. These will include what happens within your personal life along with your chosen career path to raise your employability chances, to increase your confidence and help you lead of life of abundance.
Many people think that personal development is more prevalent in our younger years as we go through childhood, adolescence and through transition into becoming an adult. The answer to that is yes and no and here is why.
Yes we develop the basic life skills as we grow up but there is a saying that you learn something new everyday and this is very true but personal development stays with you for well into your later life. So if you are open minded are you ready to think about your personal development to reach your goals and maximise your full potential?
Earlier I mentioned about a well know theory or process which looks at specific needs that a person has within their life that eventually leads that person to self-actualisation. This process is called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, so let’s dive into this first.
Importance Of Personal Development – Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs
In 1943 Abraham Maslow wrote a paper called “A Theory of Human Motivation” and contained within in it is a psychology theory called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
This theory describes the stages of growth within human beings depicting their needs. Now there are 5 levels to this theory and it starts off with physiological then moves onto safety, belonging and love, esteem and self-actualisation.
So let’s look at each level. As you will see by the image below you will see that the hierarchy is in the shape of a pyramid. The base of the pyramid is the widest as this represents the fundamental needs of every human being. As with any pyramid it tapers up to a point and this is where self-actualisation happens.
From the bottom up the first 4 levels represent the needs of a person and for a person not to feel anxious and tense then these 4 levels of need to be met. His theory is that once the base level needs have been met then the individual will have greater focus and motivation to progress through all the other levels of the Pyramid. He came up with the phrase “metamotivation” which he uses to describe the persons motivation to scale the pyramid and beyond to better themselves.
Each level is controlled by the human mind which means that different levels can be reached at the same time and can happen at anytime within someone’s life. Physiological Needs – These are the basic physical needs that human beings need to survive and is regarded as the most important level and these needs must be met first. The human body can’t physically function if these requirements are not met and will lead to the body eventually failing. They are as follows –
Safety Needs – This level is for the safety and security needs of a person and will cover both physical and economic safety. Physical safety can affect people in several ways such as the threat of war, family abuse or even mother nature rearing her head. Economic safety relates to the world economy in times of recession, not having the security of a job with a paycheque coming in each month. So in summary this level covers the following –
- Security of the body
- Security of employment
- Security of family
- Security of health
- Security of property
- Security of morality
Love/Belonging Needs – Everyone wants to have the feeling of being loved and belonging and can be prevalent in children. If people have experienced neglect, hospitalisation and being unloved then this can have serious implications on the individual’s ability to form meaning, long, lasting and emotional relationships in general.
Love – Belonging Needs
- Feeling part of a group or community
- Being part of a family or having their own
- Sexual intimacy
- Being social both in general and in the workplace
- Feeling affection and love
- Giving and receiving trust
- Being accepted
Esteem Needs – Human beings need to have recognition and respect from other people. Along with that they like to feel important and have status. All these elements lead a person to have self-esteem, of value and a feeling that they are contributing to the world.
- Gaining self esteem
- Self respect
- Feeling confident and competent
- Gaining respect from others, family and work colleagues
According to Maslow there are two levels of esteem. They are a lower version and a higher version. The lower version relates to the need of feeling respected by others and to have that status and attract attention. The higher version relates to the individual having respect for themselves and they have the need for freedom, independence and self-confidence. Saying all this though, both levels are very closely related.
Self-Actualisation Needs – This level refers to what a person’s full potential is and that person’s realization of it. The individual has the desire to accomplish everything he or she can and become completely whole. This will vary widely from one person to another as everyone is unique and has their own needs to fulfil.
- Having the ability to solve problems
- Having great morality
- Being creative
- Having a lack of prejudice
- Having acceptance of the facts
- Reaching full potential
Importance Of Personal Development – So How Do you Go From The Bottom Of Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs To the Top
Well I have written a lot of articles over the last couple of weeks with lots of information related to personal development and growth, so I highly encourage you to check them out when you have time. What I will do is give you a condensed blueprint to help you understand the theory of Maslow and to help you with your personal development. Create Your Vision – Outline where you want your life to be over the next 6 months, 12 months, 5 years or 10 years. Write it all down so you can refer to it or create a vision board that you can hang within your home.
Plan Your Personal Development – I wrote a detailed article on this subject just a few days ago so it will give you a clear direction on how to plan your personal development and you can read it by clicking here.
Start Learning – There are numerous resources that you can leverage like books, audio and video to consume. This will help you with what you need to develop within yourself.
Research personal development leaders and the internet is a great place to find free information on personal development.
Record Your Development – This is a crucial step as if you don’t record how you are doing along the way you will not have anything to refer to when you want to see how you are getting on.
Review And Adapt – Your personal development is a fluid thing and can change for several reasons so once you have reviewed you progress you may want to change and tweak a few things and there is nothing wrong with this.
This article has been quite in-depth, but I hope that you now see the importance of personal development and the reasoning behind it. If you are unsure about anything that I have shared with you then please feel free to connect with me by clicking here.
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